As cold and flu season is around the corner, the best option to get rid of these seasonal illnesses is to prevent them. And the best prevention method is to boost your immune system during the warm season to keep germs and bacteria at a distance. Lately, I’ve been hearing more and more about elderberry as a cold and flu remedy.
But does elderberry really strengthen your immune system?
There are no remarkable studies done, but elderberry is been used as a cold and flu remedy for decades during the sniffle season.
Due to the rich content of powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C, elderberries can cure almost everything. As a matter of fact, anybody knows that a diet full of antioxidants is the best remedy in maintaining a strong immune system.
If you feel like you keep getting sick and need an immunity boost, adding elderberry to your daily routine could be a strategy worth trying. Furthermore, you can prepare an elderberry syrup using the below recipe.
- 6 cups filtered water
- 1 cup organic dried elderberries
- 1 Tbsp dried ginger
- 1 cup organic raw honey
How To Prepare:
- Bring the water to a boil in a large pot, then add the elderberries and ginger and reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer the mixture for around 45 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half. Then remove the pot from heat, mash the berries up with a spoon, and allow the mixture to cool completely.
- Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve, then stir in the honey. Store the finished syrup in a glass jar in your fridge for 2-3 months.
How To Use Elderberry Syrup:
- Take 1 tablespoon every 3 hours when sick (or 1 teaspoon for children over 1 year).
- Take 1 tablespoon per day to help support your health when a cold or flu is going around.